Interdisciplinary Science

  • Students can study interdisciplinary science as a major (BA, Interdisciplinary Science), a minor, or a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).

    Health, Environment, and Equity

    Our seminars and labs empower students with the knowledge, values, and methods of science to address pressing planetary health challenges facing our democracy such as access to safe drinking water, climate change, responsible use of emerging biotechnologies, and the gathering, management, and interpretation of data.

    By approaching issues from a planetary health perspective, the program highlights the interrelatedness of local, national, and global activities, as well as the physical, chemical, and biological processes that shape communities, nations, organisms, and the planet. Combining scientific and quantitative concepts and skills with critical perspectives from the social sciences and arts, we make science relevant, tangible, and meaningful to students interested in promoting social justice. 

    To  supplement your classroom experience, our department provides the Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowships, which support internships, lab-based research experiences, and fieldwork that relate to environmental justice and health equity. The Science and Math Peer Fellows Program provides basic training and mentoring for students interested in science education, enabling them to build community, explore learning outside the classroom, and develop strong pedagogical skills.

    The University and New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Lang is part of The New School, a major progressive university in the center of New York City. As an Interdisciplinary Science student, you’ll enjoy benefits including

    Career Paths

    Graduates often choose career paths and graduate programs that require strong scientific and quantitative reasoning and an understanding of the relationship between the natural sciences and mathematics and the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Students are prepared to conduct research in areas including health, environmental sustainability, advocacy, ethics, management, and education. Students are also prepared to enter interdisciplinary graduate programs in science communication, public health/epidemiology, health and medical geography, environmental studies and policy, medical anthropology, journalism, narrative medicine, data science, history and philosophy of science, genetic counseling, health and environmental economics, and design.

  • Note: This program is STEM-designated. After graduating, eligible F-1 students in this program can apply for an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training at the end of their Post-Completion OPT.